Safety on Shore Drive – Speed limit reduced on trial basis from N Great Neck Rd to First Landing State Park

The speed limit between N. Great Neck Rd and First Landing State Park will be lowered from 45 mph to 35 mph starting Monday August 3rd on a trial basis.  Local residents and civic leagues have repeatedly requested the City over the past 5 years to reduce the speed on this stretch of road.  The reduced speed will help improve safety for the 800 residents of Cape Story by the Sea and Cape Henry Shores that cross Shore Drive on foot and by vehicle without the aid of signalized intersections or marked crosswalks.  A reduced speed limit will also make the road safer for Type-A bicyclists that voted this roadway as their number one most traveled route in Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach Bikes and Trails Plan).

 

Check out the following links to learn more about this initiative and to post comments.

 

WVEC Article and Video

http://www.wvec.com/news/topstories/stories/wvec_local_072109_shore_dr_speed.63b882df.html

 

WAVY Article and Video

http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/local_wavy_virginia_beach_speed_limit_changes_on_shore_drive_20090721

 

Virginian-Pilot Online Article

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/07/speed-limit-be-lowered-part-shore-drive-august

CSBTS Letter: Bike/Multiuse Path

Cape Story by the Sea-  Letter to City Officials

April 16, 2009

Dear Robert Gey and Michael Shahsiah,

        The Cape Story by the Sea Civic Association at the April 13, 2009 monthly meeting came to a unanimous agreement on the issue of Bike/Multiuse Path safety.    After a few months of discussion, site evaluation and research of similar calming circles in the ocean front neighborhoods, Cape Story residents determined that the recommended calming circles are not the best solution.  The calming circles appear to be too costly to implement and could have adverse impact on visibility, trees and storm water drainage. 
          The following is the recommendation of Cape Story by the Sea (CSBTS) for the six cross streets: Beech, Oak, Maple, Sandalwood, Bayberry, and Wake Forest

            1.  Install a flexible warning sign centered in the middle of the cross walk and through street.  The sign would need to be fixed in place using concrete and/or lag bolts.  The sign needs to have a spring that allows it to be run over.  The sign facing the cars should be the neon yellow/green with the pedestrian and bicycle symbols.  The sign facing the bike path should be red with a stop or automobile symbol.  Similar to sign in the middle of the picture attached, but should be 4-sided and secured into the road instead of a weighted base.  

2.  Repaint the white border of the cross walk with reflective white paint.  Add the standard cross walk stripes using the same reflective white paint.

3.  All Six streets are requested to be completed.  Beginning with Bayberry and Sandalwood

           CSBTS believes this is the most cost effective, least restrictive and most timely plan to keep bicyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles safe and allow all to enjoy the bike/multiuse path.
                                              
Sincerely,

Empsy Munden, Pres.

Cape Story by the Sea Civic Association

 

 

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Bike Path and Shore Drive Traffic Safety

Path Safety Issues:   Spring Fling- safety presentation,  mock center islands, traffic calmers trial  planned for Bayberry /Sandalwood intersections-  CSBTS officers and residents neighboring Sandalwood and Bayberry Streets (invited ) met with Mike Shahaish, Senior Traffic Engineer, City of Virginia Beach on Wed. March 4, 2009 to review plans for traffic calmers for cross streets.  Plans with pavers and median islands/”round abouts” with widening of street around median island were provided.  Information and plans will be available at this monthly meeting.  Funding for these projects will be required as well as notification by the City to homes neighboring the path at Sandalwood and Bayberry Streets for test streets.

 The following is a list of the possible safety solutions discussed at the January 12th Bike/multipurpose Trail Safety with City Staff and Residents:

    

·         Adding Stop Signs on the cross streets for vehicular traffic.

·         Changing the yellow diamond pedestrian signs to red/white yield triangle signs.

·         Use of median changes with optical and/or median obstruction/islands on the cross streets.  Similar to a small traffic circle.  Currently being used in the Old Beach neighborhoods.

·          Adding serpentine fencing and landscaping on the bike path to make pedestrians slow down before entering the cross streets.

·         Adding speed bumps on each side of the bike path to slow down vehicular traffic on the cross streets.

·         Change the speed limits on all Cape Story streets from 25 MPH to 15 MPH.

·         Clear vegetation in City right of way (ROW) that impact safe line of sight from pedestrian and vehicle perspective.

·         Cul-de-sac some of the long streets at the bike path and only allow one or two main entrances into the neighborhood.

·         Reducing the speed limit of Shore Drive from 45 MPH to 35 MPH.  This would slow down cars coming off SD that tend to continue the same SD speed through the neighborhood.

·         Cape Henry Shores Civic Association proposal for Kendall Street Stop Light

 

Median Island Drawing for Sandalwood

Median Island Drawing for Bayberry

Cape Henry Shores Letter to City

Jim Spore’s (City) Response Letter to CHS